With its warmer sunshine, longer days, and blooming flowers and greenery, spring is a time for renewal, re-energizing and rebirth. One of the season’s greatest traditions is the practice of spring cleaning, which can help to make a lived-in home feel brand new again just as the surrounding natural environment comes to life after a long winter. Many feel inspired by the change in season to give their home a thorough once over, but while some may enjoy the process, others might find it daunting, so a few guidelines can prove useful.
How Stuff Works suggests starting with a checklist, both as a time saver and as a method for making a large task feel more manageable. Decluttering should be at the top of the checklist, including donating old clothes to charity and ridding the home of space-eating material items that are never used, which has the added benefit of reducing the amount of possessions that would otherwise have to be cared for during the big clean-up. When it comes to the actual cleaning, dusting from top to bottom—or ceiling to floor—is recommended since dirt and grime tends to spread upwards. This way, any dust that sprinkles down from higher objects like ceiling fans and lamps during the cleaning can be swept up once attention is turned to the floors and rugs. From here, the cleaning spirit might motivate some to tackle more specific projects, such as replacing bathtub caulking, removing buildup from vents in the dryer or the air conditioning units, and adding storage containers to help with organizing.
In fact, organizing is an excellent way to pare down clutter in the home, and the closet is the best place to begin, according to House Beautiful. The online magazine also advises utilizing a wax-based aerosol spray to maintain stainless steel kitchen appliances, a clean cloth with water and minimal dish washing fluid to get the smudges off of painted walls, a neutral pH cleaner or baking soda and water for bathroom and kitchen tiles, and hydrogen peroxide in water mixed with a small amount of ammonia for counter top stains. In addition to cleaning, spring also presents an opportune time for a change in decor with new bedding, table linens, towels and the like.
The sense of accomplishment that accompanies a pristine spring cleaning cannot be matched. We at William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty wish you a happy spring, and if the mood strikes you, a happy spring cleaning.